Two groups of year 8s visited Bodmin Jail this week on Tuesday and Friday. It was a fascinating and entertaining tour of what was a pioneering and notorious prison. Much of the Georgian and Victorian history linked to recent topics studied by year 8 and is very relevant for our GCSE unit, Crime and punishment.
We visited the cold dank cells and heard about the great hardships that prisoners had faced, despite moves towards reform. We saw examples of punishments used such as turning the crank or walking on the treadmill, as well as the ultimate punishment of execution; the last of which was carried out at Bodmin Jail in 1909.
We look forward to visiting again next year, when they will have a brand new, interactive experience open!